from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A finger-ring from which projects a tongue or blade which is either fixed or movable on a hinge, and serves as the key to a lock. Such key-rings were formerly common, and were often of rich design.
  • n. A ring used for keeping a number of keys together by being passed through their bows.


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  • My key for my smaller lockbox is on my car key-ring.

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  • He took from his pocket a key-ring — and drew a ring that he always wore from his finger, and he took a small ring I had.

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  • And with that he threw the key-ring, and our rings, with all his might, as far as he could into the deep.

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  • As far as we can tell, the VELO is the smallest GPS/GSM/GPRS asset tracking device available,and can even be used as a key-ring.

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  • And all these afore mentioned keys sit on a key-ring which I tend to lose about 50 times a dayjust about every time I get them out of the door.

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  • (Couldn't buy a common thin split key-ring at 3 locksmiths in Guanajuato, Guanajuato yesterday) johanson

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  • Tips for entertaining friends on long car journeys include Su Doku, setting your iPod to shuffle and having a ‘song intros’ quiz (boys, 50: girls, 42), and the “Mr. T in your pocket” key-ring.

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  • I asked, I picked up the key-ring from its hook and walked out of the front door.

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  • Tariq felt his pocket, pulling out a single key dangling from a VW key-ring.

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  • He'd been the one who'd turned up at the Lammas grinning from ear to ear, dangling Henry Cavendish's key-ring from his finger like the winner at a wife-swapping party.

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